|Well defined squall line over Jumby Bay|
|The last of the sun lights up a cloud|
Aside from the potential for hurricanes, which are forecast practically as soon as thunderstorm activity picks up off the west coast of Africa, the weather here this time of year is magnificent. The anchorages are calm and the trades are a pleasant 15 to 20 knots. And, since most sailors don't hang around the northeast Caribbean during hurricane season, we often have the anchorages to ourselves.
We had company a few times during the week we spent in Barbuda and we got to know them over drinks.
|Monique & Vivienne from m/v Raw|
Their husbands had gone off in the dinghy in search of conch and hadn't come back to give these two a ride back to the boat from the beach, so they ditched their clothes and hats on the beach and swam back to the boat. We gave them a ride ashore to pick up their things and they had us up for a Ti Punch as a thank you. While we were there, Vivienne's husband called to say they'd run out of gas and were being helped by a local fisherman who came to their rescue. Yikes. It turns out that Monique and her husband own one of our favorite French grocery stores in St. Martin! (We told her we LOVE the cheeses they carry....)
A charter boat came for a day too and we met the captain, Bernard, and his guests, a German family with roots in Trinidad, now living in Singapore, whose daughter is in boarding school in England. Whew.
|Bernard came by for a chat about the forecast|
|We met with a fruit we wanted to eat!|
Barbuda remains one of our favorite islands no matter how often we visit. It's stunningly beautiful and serene and we just can't get enough of it. The water is crystal clear and warm, the sand is powder soft and bright white with shades of pink and the beaches go on literally for miles. Once again, the photos say it better than I can...
|This conch was really here; Saralane in the distance|
|Magnificent squall approaching|
|Sea stars were everywhere|
|Saralane in Barbuda|
|Full moon over Coco Point|
Enjoy this post; it's the last of the lovely Caribbean water blog posts for a while. We're bound for the boat yard....